Just came back from my doctor appointment. I was not looking forward to it to be honest. No one likes to be yelled at (figuratively).
So my doctor walks into the examination room, looks at the paper which has my lab results and sighs. Great I think to myself, here it comes. He looks up at me with a huge smile on his face and tells me, “Great Job”.
“Huh”, say I.
Apparently since I started this blog, started eating right and exercising on a regular basis good things have happened. Go Figure.
My Glucose which was over 300 in January is now below 150. A bit high yet but working on it.
My A1C went from 12.5 to 7. Yeah baby!
My blood pressure has lowered dramatically.
I have officially lost 20 pounds in which I wanted a lot more but my doctor said that the weight is not important right now. Unless it was going back up. My body is still adjusting and may actually increase losing weight over this year.
So I have essentially cut my sugar in half, which means I now can take half the insulin I was three months ago. My other medications may start being downgraded and even removed over the next year. How Cool Is That!?!
I have so far yet to go but at least I am seeing results which compensates the pain of going through this.
Thought you would want to know and hopefully encourage others to follow suit and do the same.
Ya know, when your doctor prescribes medication for you and you for whatever reason do not take said medication, things will happen.
Yes besides all the other wondrous aches, pains and assorted ouchies I can get an extensive case of Gout if I stop taking my prescribed drugs. It was completely my fault, I admit it. Most of my medications are in sync but this one is way off from the others. So when I get my refills I usually forget it and like this week pay for it. In pain.
Gout acts differently but in a nutshell it is considered a complex form of arthritis which can cause severe pain, redness and tenderness in the joints. Over 3 million cases a year in America alone can suffer from it. Most common is severe tenderness in the big toe. Mine is a bit more complicated. It actually shoots from the left side of my left ankle and rakes over the entire middle section of my foot. Needless to say when the pain started I immediately refilled my prescription and started taking it as usual. Unfortunately it takes up to a week to work at full strength so there is a lag period. Hence the reason I was not chugging along with my normal mileage. Raises hand, waves, hey look at the completely avoidable pain this person was going through. Please not rock throwing.
So this afternoon with most of the pain subsided I took a mile walk after lunch. It is bugging me more afterwards but is a whole lot better than last week.
The moral of the story kids is take your medicine like you are supposed to so bad things do not happen.
Yes that is good common sense, yes I am an idiot. Will do better. Until the next time.
If you have been keeping up with my posts, you have read about my issues with snacking at night. Is it emotional overeating? I really don’t know. I am very happily married, my 18 year old daughter isn’t (a stripper, doing drugs, smoking or drinking), I love my current employment and in ever improving health. Do I have any emotional demons? Truly do not think so. Have I had failures in my past? Sure I have messed up, zigged when I should have zagged, etc. Nothing that I lay awake worrying about or constantly ponder. I also have a ton of outlets, talking with my wife, Blogging, Podcasts, Geocaching, Gaming, etc. So is my issue emotional or just plain bored at times? Dunno. So enough about me, let’s talk about when emotional eating is a factor in our lives. Yes I have been there.
This article covers some of the basics and has nuggets of useful information to help you stop going for the face stuffing and try figuring out why you must eat rather than not in stressful times. A good read and I hope you gain some insights from it.
I have heard in the past and quite frankly do not know how true it is. The idea that if you crave a particular vegetable means that you may have a deficiency of whatever that vegetable contains. I have heard this with many food items. Yet my cravings tend to cycle and actually alter with the food item I am craving at the time. Let me explain.
For example, I can go for months without wanting popcorn. Not even think about it. Then suddenly I must have popcorn! The craving will last a week or two and then fade. Then it will be something like cereal, nothing fancy, could be plain ole Cheerios or Raisin Bran. Things subside and then its fruit popsicles. All tend to cycle through the year with several weeks to a month in between. The weird part is my choice of snack is usually high carb, deep-fried foods like french fries. If given the choice, usually, I will take a pile of hot french fries over a piece of cake. So why these weird cravings? I actually eat my veggies, drink milk, have my grains and proteins with fairly balanced meals.
Last night was a good example, was with the wife and I getting a few things at the grocery store. She had mentioned about wanting to try some frozen greek yogurt. The idea was that it was a bit better for you than ice cream and came in a small container so you don’t eat a half-gallon of the stuff. It was like having a giant fireworks go off in my brain. Oooooooh Ice Cream!!! Then when I saw the flavor of salted caramel – mind blown! Now you say to yourself, four servings to this smurf sized cup. Sure no problem.
That little voice in the back of your head is going, “Yeah right, like a sleeve of Fig Newtons is a single serving.”
You know and that little voice in your head knows that this cup is going down. Needless to say ice cream is my other craving to add to my list.
So we get home and start watching television and I can’t take it anymore so into the freezer I go. The wife asks for her cup as well. I have to give it to her. She ate part of her cup and put back the rest. Me, not so much. The next thing I hear is the spoon hitting the bottom of the container. No will power on this one.
Again we only bought the two containers and frankly I have already lost the urge for any more. I know how much walking I have to do to compensate my indulgence and the “gotta have it” urge has passed. At the very least the entire experience was a conscience one and not just blindly eating. I also know it was not the smartest move but made the choice anyways.
So I ask you, do you have weird cravings like this and what are they? We would love to hear about them.
It is a very rainy day today and this is putting a damper on my exercise schedule.
Wow, how things have changed over the past couple of months where I now have an “exercise schedule”. During the week I usually try to get in my one mile course around our work building and at night I have a track in the neighborhood where I usually walk 1.4 and 2.0 miles. Yet today it is pouring rain, thunderstorms and on the cold side – yuck. So what is there to do for a person who has poor knees and not quite fit yet for more strenuous activity? Walking or marching in place works for me.
Marching in place can be done just about anywhere you have a few square feet of open space and some time. From the articles I have looked at walking or marching in place can burn almost as much as actual walking. The key is keeping your heart rate up for an extended period of time. Here is one of the articles I liked to hopefully will give you an option if you are stretched for time and work-out space.
Lead us not into temptation, but could somebody please move these from the desk across from mine?
It happens, I am no exception, I am human. Sigh.
These temptations were delivered via co-worker and intended to us fine folks in Development/QA. They were so innocently placed in the cube directly across from me. Since I just poured a hot cup of coffee I contemplated having a rather wondrous specimen of chocolate on chocolate cake style donutnessness-ness. At about 370 calories and 23 grams of fat (MyFitnessPal sent out a red flag when I entered it) I figured my lunch time walk would be dedicated to this moment. Life is about choices after all.
That part was easy. Ate my donut, drank my coffee, back to work. Just before lunch I hear someone else partaking from the remaining choices from the cube across from me. A whiff of dounut is detected as they left the area. Hmmm, there are still a few left. I roll my chair over to investigate. Yes, still a fine selection is available. I glance back at my desk to the bottle of water of which could be my salvation. I look at the donuts, back at the water, back at the donuts – Arghhhh.
“Don’t Do It Andy”, comes a voice from the nearby cube. It was enough to distract me from my temptations. Enough for me to regain my focus and realize the water will get me through this until lunch. But oh the internal struggle between wanting to stuff myself with cake like goodness and the reality of giving in and the consequences that it would entail was just too much and I downed the water. I had my treat earlier and it will be walked off shortly. The trick was not continuing down that spiral of destruction. I had won this battle, now could somebody please move these from the desk across from mine?
I have found that different forms of stimuli either through listening to some form of media or just being with other people when exercising helps get a person through the grind. In other words when I have a several mile walk ahead of me the time seems to go by easier if I am preoccupied when doing it. So I was wondering if the same goes for you as well. Please check out the selections provided and let us know your best answer. You can add to the list if you would like. We will tally it up and keep the results out for you to check. Your insights are always greatly appreciated.
As a person trying to get back on the healthy track plus combined with diabetes. One of the first things a nutritionist will inform you is the importance of getting a balanced portion of protein in your menu. Just eating salads is not enough unless you incorporate a fine protein with it.
This article gives great examples of healthy proteins and why you should have them. Let us know what your favorite proteins are and when you have them in your daily meals or snacks.
After putting out the information I found out about Aspartame (10 Reasons To Give Up Diet Soda) I really wanted to see how much the artificial sweetener was causing my issue with late night snacking. So for a couple of weeks I stayed away as much as I could from my carbonated fruit flavored water and anything else I could find that had it. In other words I drank a whole lot more plain water. Then I waited to see how much of a difference I had with that urge to munch at night. The results were not good in my humble opinion. This is what I noted.
Drinking cold water does indeed help quench some appetite urges. It actually helps reduce how much I want to eat when drinking water about 30 minutes before a meal. Good to know. It does not, for me, over-ride the urge to chew at night watching the tube. For me, right now the mechanics of chewing and swallowing something has a stronger pull of action than drinking liquids. Unless I am actually thirsty. That is good for a commercial or two. So after a couple of weeks of no Aspartame in my diet I was still chomping at the bit. Then I found out why.
After reading several articles more about Aspartame in the human system I found out some good information. There is a rather large range for error with everyone’s opinion. The gist states that Aspartame can take 4-6 weeks, possibly months to over a year to get it completely out of your system. There are cases of Aspartame withdrawal that can behave much like a hard core drug addiction. Everybody is different but the hard line with all of this is it does take time to be cleared out.
I apparently have a longer way to go than I previously thought. My next question is how long does my body want to crave calories from the effects of Aspartame after I stopped ingesting it? I realize it may still be in my body but what is the drop off curve of actual craving for calories?
Here is the Article/Forum Discussion I pulled some of the information from.